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Rita Sarnicola of CROW- Citizens Respectful Of Wildlife – Will Be Speaking Up For The Crows

February 28, 6:30 pm,
Hobart and William Smith Colleges Library, Geneva Room
Kevin McGowan, Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology
Mary Hess, HWS Department of English
Gordon Eddington, City of Geneva
Rita Sarnicola, Citizens Respectful Of Wildlife
Mark Deutschlander, moderator from the HWS Department of Biology.

A Discussion of Perspectives: Crow Roosting in the Finger Lakes Region.

This panel discussion will examine the annual winter visitation of crows to the shoreline communities of the Finger Lakes region and how attitudes have changed over time in regard to the ecological and cultural value and management of crows. The panel will focus primarily on the impact of the crow populations on Finger Lake communities, particularly why the crows roost in such numbers and locations and how Finger Lake communities cope with annual crow roosting.

Audience members at this event will gain insight into the unique biological characteristics and historic cultural value of this avian species. In addition, common options considered and utilized for their management by the City of Geneva will be discussed, for crows often roost along the shorelines of Seneca Lake.

A representation of community activism to encourage respect and appreciation of wildlife will also be presented. The panelists will each talk for about 10 minutes, followed by time for discussion and comment from the audience.

Posters from the students of Prof. Mark Deutschlander’s Bird Obsessions course, a first-year seminar on bird and human interactions, will be on display highlighting the biology of crows, the role of crows in myths and cultures from around the world, and pervasiveness of crows in literature and art.

Members of the public are encouraged to attend this discussion to voice questions and concerns to the experts in this panel. This event is free and open to the public.

Registration is requested by calling (315) 781-4382 or by emailing fli@hws.edu  Website: http://fli.hws.edu 

Finger Lakes Institute, Hobart and William Smith Colleges, 601 S. Main Street, Geneva, NY 14456.

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